An academic internship is a supervised work experience that students can earn academic credit for because it relates to their coursework. This experience should enrich the skills and theories that students learn in the classroom and demonstrate how they are applied in the workplace. It ideally combines practical experience with an academic component to help students learn by doing.
Although the main purpose of our internship program is to provide our students with a meaningful professional experience related to their academic field of study, the program has many advantages for employers. Among some of the benefits are:
Typically, internships run concurrent with Drew’s academic semester schedule: Fall (September-December), Winter (Mid December-end of January), Spring (February-May), or Summer (May-August).
During the academic year, interns involved in a four-credit internship usually work 10-15 hours a week at the job site to reach a minimum of at least 155 hours by the end of the term. If they are completing a two-credit internship, then they might work five to six hours per week to reach the lower minimum of 70 hours by the end of the semester. Some students can commit to additional hours if their academic schedule permits. Of course, during the three month summer semester, students often work full time as well as part time.
To pay or not to pay? That’s the decision of the employer. However, with the increased financial demands placed on college students today, many are looking for some form of monetary compensation. We encourage you to consider offering a stipend to cover transportation or meal costs, if your budget allows. Drew does allow students to receive pay as well as credit for their internships.
No. Being included in our internship database merely indicates your desire to hear from students. It does not commit you to accept any particular student or number of students as interns. Also, it does not guarantee that candidates will contact you.
About 35-40% of Drew students participate in an internship during their time at the University.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-408-3566, by fax to: 973-408-3535 or visit our office in Sycamore Cottage, 1st Floor. Our mailing address is: Academic Internship Office, Drew University, Sycamore Cottage, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.